During the time Barks drew his comic book
stories the USA was swept with waves of morals codes which were
intended to save the young readers from certain topics; no mentioning of death, no
excessive violence, no unnecessary pain, no adult themes, no sex,
and no showing of crooked lawmen, and many more.
Barks was always very careful not to cross the boundaries, but in
a few instances his publishers felt he had. This meant that the
four finished stories shown in this page were shelved by the
publisher, and that only two of them have survived for publishing.
|('The Golden Apples')
In 1952 Barks drew
a 10-page story (later known as 'The
Golden Apples') intended
for WDCS144, but it was vetoed by the
editor. It has been since lost. To the
best of Barks' recollection it was built
around the Greek myth of The Apples of
the Hesperides. It took place during an
apple festival at which Daisy appeared as
a jealous and crusty virago and her
temperaments got it rejected.
myth tells about Hera who received the
golden apples - which secures immortality
- as a wedding gift from Zeus. The nymph
Atalanta, a strong athlete, was immensely
popular among the young men for her good
looks, but she vowed that she would
forever maintain her independence. Thus
she challenged all the lovesick
youngsters to races in which the losers
were to be killed. Atalanta won easily
every time until one day when Hippomenes
dropped the golden apples on the track
during the race. The nymph stopped to
collect the fruits resulting in her
In 1957 Barks drew
a 10-pager (later known as 'Bobsled
Race'), which was never
published. The plot circled around very
heated discussions between Donald and the
nephews, but it proved too violent for
the editor. It is now lost.
|CBL 'Silent Night'
In 1945 Barks drew
a 10-page Christmas story (later known as
'Silent Night') intended
for WDCS064, in which Donald Duck has
quarrels with neighbour Jones while he
and the nephews are attempting to sing
In the closing scene Donald is tortured
with an electric cattle prod. The editor
found the story too violent and it was
not published until 1990 when it appeared
in the CBL (Carl Barks Library).
||WDCS550 'The Milkman
The same year
another 10-pager intended for WDCS 215
was shelved. It was simply archived as 'The
Milkman Story' and it tells a
tale about Donald being a perfect milkman.
But he becomes extremely violent and
revengeful towards a very irritating
The story was finally published in WDCS550
in 1990 after having been published
several places in Europe.